Missing teeth are a part of life for many adults. Dentures and bridges were once the only answer for filling in the gaps, but today’s dental implants are strong, long-lasting, and have many of the characteristics of natural teeth, including roots. They’re so realistic that even you may forget they aren’t real.
At Marina Dental Care in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Tracy Chan is a top-rated dental professional who is passionate about your health as well as your gorgeous smile, and she is happy to recommend what is often the best option for replacing one or many missing teeth: dental implants.
What makes dental implants the gold standard in teeth replacement?
Unlike dentures and bridges that rest on your gums, dental implants start with a titanium screw-like appliance that serves as the “root” for your replacement tooth. Dr. Chan inserts the implant into your jaw with a minor surgical procedure, and it eventually fuses with bone. She then tops the implant with a durable, very realistic-appearing crown that’s designed to function just like a natural tooth.
- No slippage like that which can occur with dentures
- Freedom to eat the foods you love without losing your dentures
- Clearer speech
- Improved durability
- Natural comfort
- No need to remove your “teeth” for daily cleaning; just brush and floss as normal
- Maintaining your natural gum line, which greatly increases the realistic appearance of dental implants
The durability and consistently positive results of dental implants is well-proven. Just like with your natural teeth or dentures, however, accidents do happen. If a crown wears, cracks, or otherwise becomes damaged, replacement is easy. Dr. Chan can just manufacture a new crown to attach to the implant.
How can dental implants help with my oral health?
Probably most loved for their natural appearance, dental implants are also invaluable when it comes to protecting many aspects of your oral health.
Dentists would much prefer to restore rather than remove damaged and decayed teeth. Sometimes, however, that’s simply not an option. But once the affected tooth and its roots are removed, the bone in your jaw that anchored the tooth begins to disintegrate.
This can greatly affect the appearance or structure of your face as your jawbone weakens over time. Dentures or other restorative solutions that ride on top of the gums won’t help keep your jaw strong. Dental implants do because they interact with bone in the same manner as natural tooth roots.
The teeth surrounding a missing tooth also begin to naturally sag toward the gap, which can lead to misaligned bites that may cause pain and damage healthy teeth as you chew. Dental implants prevent this issue.
And missing just one tooth can impact your gum health. Meant to fit snugly against your teeth, gums can loosen as your remaining teeth are pulled out of alignment. Pockets and gaps may form in your gums that allow in bacteria that lead to periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis. Dental implants offer a cosmetically appealing fix for gaps in your smile and support the surrounding teeth naturally, which helps keep your gums where they belong.
At Marina Dental Care, we want to give you that beautiful, healthy smile you deserve. For more information about dental implants and why Dr. Chan considers them the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, schedule a visit today by calling the office at 415-440-9000 or requesting an appointment online.